In Praise of Idleness and Other Essays

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Philosophy - 171 pages
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In this collection of essays, Russell surveys the social and political consequences of his beliefs with characteristic clarity and humour. In Praise of Idleness is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening unreason. With characteristic clarity and humour, Russell surveys the social and political consequences of his beliefs. From a devastating critique of the ancestry of fascism to a vehement defence of 'useless' knowledge, with consideration given to everything from insect pests to the human soul, In Praise of Idleness is a tour de force that only Bertrand Russell could perform.
 

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User Review  - FPdC - LibraryThing

An invaluable collection of articles by the renowned british philosopher. Reflections abour social and political issues written in the 1920s and 1930s but still relevant today since their main import ... Read full review

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User Review  - KevinCK - LibraryThing

I like reading the works of Bertrand Russell. He is a crisp and thoughtful writer, and a penetrating and skilled philosopher. But we can't be great at everything and unfortunately, "In Praise of ... Read full review

Contents

In Praise of Idleness
1
Useless Knowledge
16
Architecture and Social Questions
28
The Modern Midas
39
The Ancestry of Fascism 53
54
Scylla and Charybdis or Communism and Fascism
72
The Case for Socialism
81
Western Civilisation
107
On Youthful Cynicism
121
Modern Homogeneity
130
Men versus Insects
138
Education and Discipline
141
Stoicism and Mental Health
148
On Comets
157
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Page 176 - ... what can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). The leading British philosopher of the twentieth century, who made major contributions in the areas of logic and epistemology. Politically active and habitually outspoken, his ethical principles twice led to imprisonment.

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